RBI Reduced Remittance limit from USD 200,000 to USD 75,000

Today RBI had announced in its circular that forex Remittance limit for Residential individuals has been reduced from USD 200,000 to USD 75,000 per financial year with immediate effect.


Key notes from the RBI Circulars

1)Liberealised Remittance Scheme should not be used for making remittances for any prohibited or illegal activities such as margin trading, lottery etc

2)The scheme should no longer be used for acquisition of Real Estate, directly or indirectly, outside India. Therefore, AD Category-I banks may henceforth not allow any remittances under the LRS Scheme for acquisition of immovable property outside India.

3)Resident individuals have now been allowed to set up Joint Ventures (JV) / Wholly Owned Subsidiaries (WOS) outside India for bonafide business activities outside India within the limit of USD 75,000 with effect from August 5, 2013 and subject to the terms and conditions stipulated in Notification No.FEMA 263/RB-2013 dated August 5, 2013.

The RBI press release said that “this reduced limit would also apply to remittances made under the ODI (overseas direct investment) scheme by Indian companies for setting up unincorporated entities outside India in the energy and natural resources sectors. This reduction in limit, however, would not apply to ODI by Navratna PSUs, ONGC Videsh Ltd and Oil India in overseas unincorporated entities and incorporated entities, in the oil sector.”

While the measures are aimed at moderating outflows, the RBI added that genuine requirement beyond these limits will continue to be considered under the approval route
Reference to RBI Circular

Related Readings and Observations


  1. says

    No much impact. However this will put a cap on indian forex traders who remit payment to international forex brokers and such illegal forextrading activity will be controlled to some extend. And also the companies/individuals who are looking for investing in real estate would be affected as it is banned now.

  2. krish says

    As an individual, How much NSE -- USDINR LOTS one can invest in Nse usdinr currency marginal trading?


  3. Sam says

    how rule differs place to place
    Welcome to “Overseas Trading”

    Rationale of overseas trading facility offered by ICICIdirect

    Under Liberalized Remittance Scheme of Reserve Bank of India, Resident Individuals are allowed to remit up to USD 2,00,000 in a financial year (April to March) for any current or capital account transaction or combination of both. Under this scheme ICICIdirect has facilitated its customers to invest in various Stocks and Options that are traded on the exchanges in United States of America.

    Customers of ICICIdirect are eligible for this service

    All resident individuals are eligible to avail this facility. This facility is currently not available to corporate, partnership firms, HUF, Trusts, and NRIs etc.

    Products offered under overseas trading facility

    Exchange Traded Funds
    Stock Options

  4. drashajagtap says

    i want aplication form form for foreign currency remittances ,on which sight i can get this application,i have draft in sterling pounds which can be deposited with rbi for transfer in local branchwhere i have account

  5. drashajagtap says


  6. Sahar says


    Can you clear me on the forex trading from India --

    I know its not authorized to do forex trading living in India. But Im still doing it.
    Anything has a loop hole. I do trade and get some profits. and withdrew using Moneybookers/Skrill

    Now my question is --

    If im withdrawing money to my local Bank (from Forex) -- If Bank questions me on the source of remittence
    What should be my answer?
    and what are the ways and legality in getting fx traing profits to my bank accounts.

    Need some information on it as i dont want to stop fx trading.

    Thanks in advance!

  7. S S Kahlon says

    How much foreign exchange can be remitted in a FY by HUF to one of its co-parcners who is resident of USA? Thanks.
    Please email me your clarification.

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